Might be looking to upgrade but not sure if I should get another camcorder or use one of my Canon mirrorless cameras. Also not sure how the file size limits will work with Canon files vs. the Panasonic MTS video files. I am able to stitch all the MTS video files together easily but not sure if the same process works for the Canon files. Will need to test it out.
Point-and-shoot cameras (sometimes called compact cameras) are most suited for entry-level hobbyists who value their smaller size and ease of use. The mode most often used on point-and-shoots is ‘automatic,’ which is great for beginners, and will generally produce a good photo. Those who want to take it a step further can use other scene modes such as landscape, portrait, or sports, depending on the shooting situation. Most point-and-shoots today feature at least a 3x zoom and 16.6 MP, making them better than most new smartphone cameras, and great for enlarging and printing photos. For amateur photographers who want something small that can fit into a purse or pocket, a point-and-shoot is probably the best option. Learn More About Point-and-Shoot Cameras.
Step back a decade and there was no comparison at all between the rough and clunky snapshot cameras on cellphones and even the most mediocre compact digital cameras. While the digitals were boasting ever-increasing numbers of megapixels, cellphones took crude snaps little better than the ones you could get from a basic webcam (1 megapixel or less was common). Now all that’s changed. The Canon Ixus/Powershot digital camera I use routinely is rated at 7.1 megapixels, which is perfectly fine for almost anything I ever want to do. My new LG smartphone comes in at 13 megapixels, which (theoretically, at least) sounds like it must be twice as good.
Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak, invented and built the first self-contained electronic camera that used a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. Early uses were mainly military and scientific; followed by medical and news applications.
I thank you so much for all your advice. I wil buy the Sony RX100 III. It is for sale in the Netherlands. I read your advice about filming in concerts but I will be pleased with the results. I filmed a lot of my concertvideo’s on Youtube with the Olympus MR25. It’s not great but for me it’s good enough.
Compacts often have macro capability and zoom lenses, but the zoom range (up to 30x) is generally enough for candid photography but less than is available on bridge cameras (more than 60x), or the interchangeable lenses of DSLR cameras available at a much higher cost. Nowadays some pocket/compact cameras have topped up some bridge cameras with zoom capability up to 40x and 4K video which its video sensor is bigger than video sensor of a handycam. Autofocus systems in compact digital cameras generally are based on a contrast-detection methodology using the image data from the live preview feed of the main imager. Some compact digital cameras use a hybrid autofocus system similar to what is commonly available on DSLRs. Some high end travel compact cameras have 30x optical zoom have full manual control with lens ring, electronic viewfinder, Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization, built-in flash, Full HD 60p, RAW, burst shooting up to 10fps, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS altogether.
Tony’s link to our guide on SD cards is definitely the best place to start as to what card to buy! But as to how big? It depends a lot on how you set up your shooting, because the file quality can really change how much you can record. If you have a 64GB card, that can hold between 5 hours 20 minutes at the highest quality, all the way to 27 hours, 30 minutes at the lowest. According to the manual, the V770 defaults to AVCHD format at HG quality—which means a 64GB card will hold 11 hours of footage.
The distance range in which objects appear clear and sharp, called depth of field, can be adjusted by many cameras. This allows for a photographer to control which objects appear in focus, and which do not.
Here’s something nobody has talked about; the V750 & W850 basically run off of USB power! The battery charges inside the camera like phone (a stand alone battery charger is also available). The bundled charger is a 5V 1.8A USB charger. The charging port on the camcorder is one of those barrel style connectors and the so the charging cable is basically a USB to barrel plug cable.
All of these video cameras fit well and are comfortable in the hand, and your fingers fall naturally on to the control buttons and adjustable hand straps for different sized hands. The Panasonic adds a number of extra options, with a dial just behind the screen that you can use to access its manual settings, which some other camcorders lack.This definitely makes it easier to use for more serious shooters who want to get in and control the video capture process themselves.
Even though consumer DSLRs have built-in flashes as a rule, many photographers opt to use a more powerful external flash. These flashes emit more light and can often be repositioned so that you can use reflected light to illuminate a subject. Bouncing flash off of a ceiling to brighten a room is possible with a dedicated flash unit, but not with the ubiquitous DSLR pop-up flash. Depending on your needs for power, recycle time, and movement, a dedicated flash can cost anywhere from $150 to $500.
With the advent of digital video capture, the distinction between professional video cameras and movie cameras has disappeared as the intermittent mechanism has become the same. Nowadays, mid-range cameras exclusively used for television and other work (except movies) are termed professional video cameras.
Obviously, the more features you want, the more you’ll pay, but do you actually need them? Our top camera is one of the cheapest on the market, but still offers impressive performance and image quality, plus enough features to handle most assignments, especially if you’re still learning.
Special uses of video cameras include systems that capture images at the finish line to time races and sporting events. Some toll roads use video cameras to make pictures of the license plate of any car that fails to pay tolls. Computers then identify the drivers and mail enforcement letters to collect the missed tolls.
We designed our tests to discover how well they handle varying shooting conditions. We shot a series of videos in bright daylight, then examined the video to see how accurately the video cameras captured both color and detail. This included still scenes, as well as slow- and fast-moving objects, all of which a good video camera has to capture accurately and with smooth, natural-seeming motion. Blurry video and jerky movements are not a look you want at a ballet recital.
I don’t know if we can help with the former, but with the latter, we really do like the Panasonic V750—that’s why we spend thousands of words talking about how good it is for most people, especially for those trying to video their kids from a good distance away.
By definition, a DSLR features an optical viewfinder that shows you the exact image the camera’s lens is capturing—but not all of these viewfinders are created equal. A mirror directs light from the lens to the viewfinder, which is one of two types. The first, the pentamirror, is generally found on entry-level cameras. This type of viewfinder uses three mirrors to redirect the image to your eye, flipping it so that it appears correct, as opposed to the upside down and backwards image that the lens is actually capturing.
The ability to capture 5.1-channel sound definitely added to the realism of the video. Even when this was mixed down to 2-channel stereo sound (5.1-channel recording is not supported in MP4 recording mode) it had more presence than the other video cameras, with better stereo separation and audio cues to let you know where sounds were coming from. So at that third-grade play, you’ll be recording what’s being said on stage, rather than the murmuring of appreciative audiences around you.
Parenting and lifestyle vloggers who want the portability and power of a small camcorder will love the Canon Vixia HF R72. This small but powerful camcorder gets rid of all the things vloggers don’t need but keeps all the things they do. Packed with a 57x advanced zoom, image stabilizer, WiFi, external mic port, and flip screen, this camera makes capturing quality video a breeze.
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“I see many digital cameras that say they can take digital stills as well as digital video footage. I see digital camcorders that boost they can take digital video (obviously) as well as digital stills. Can someone explain the difference between the two? Is it better to have a camcorder for video footage only and a separate digital camera for photos only? I’m confused about what sets the two apart. Thanks for taking the time out to answer.”
The second type of optical viewfinder is the pentaprism. This is a solid glass prism that does the same job as the pentamirror. A pentaprism is generally heavier and brighter than a pentamirror. The extra brightness makes it easier to frame images and to confirm that your photo is in focus. Pentaprisms usually start appearing in mid-range DSLRs and are standard issue on pro bodies. Pentax SLRs are the exception, with a few ancient exceptions, they all feature pentaprism finders and many also include weather sealing.
For many years, exposure times were long enough that the photographer simply removed the lens cap, counted off the number of seconds (or minutes) estimated to be required by the lighting conditions, then replaced the cap. As more sensitive photographic materials became available, cameras began to incorporate mechanical shutter mechanisms that allowed very short and accurately timed exposures to be made.
Flip screen. While not a big deal for people who are purely photographers, flip screens can make a huge difference for folks who also want to take video. If you plan to use your new camera for videography or vlogging, look for one with an articulating screen.
I love Panasonic products and this is rather frustrating. Video from the 770 plays nicely from the camcorder itself when plugged into a TV and on computer using Windows movie player. However the background white noise is very noticeable. The 770’s predecessor the 750 (which I sold) had very poor audio in all respects and most likely Panasonic somehow pumped up the cameras amplification. Bad Panasonic!!! Just fix the problem and stop trying to put a band-aid on it.
Many camcorders and cameras have built-in features that are unique to the particular device. For instance, a camcorder may allow you adjust your shutter speed or field of view for shooting video. However, on a digital camera, your video option will be to simply point and shoot. Likewise, many digital cameras offer options that allow you to change the ISO (similar to changing film speeds in a traditional camera), aperture and other functions that are simply not available on their camcorder counterparts.
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